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Manitoba’s messages mixed on manure, sewage

Regarding “Don’t reject the ejector” (Letters, Co-operator, March 11, page 5): if sewage ejectors are to be banned in rural Manitoba because of threats to human health and harmful effects to the environment and water, as professed by Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship, then there are much bigger issues that have to be addressed by the Manitoba government and taken care of also.

It has been reported that one half-cup of effluent liquid from ejectors contains 1,000 to one million fecal coliforms and about the same number of viruses.

My question: Our government allows literally millions upon millions of gallons of untreated hog slurry to be spread over thousands of acres of farmland, so is there any difference when one compares the hog output and the human output? I don’t think so. The viruses and coliforms are all there and probably even some E. coli from the hogs. And guess what? Directly downstream are the vulnerable waters of Manitoba.

The government, in my view, has to reconsider its ban on above-ground sewage ejectors in rural Manitoba or simply include a similar ban on the spreading of untreated hog slurry on the land. Otherwise, one has to wonder why the standards are so different. John Fefchak Virden, Man. a revenue cap formula was introduced and again I was told, “You will be better off, because the railways will be more efficient.” According to the Producer Car Shippers of Canada, the railways are using this fancy revenue cap formula to charge me an extra $8 per ton of freight in order to pay an $8-per-ton incentive to these efficient concretes.

Let’s do some calculating. For elevating my grain, the companies are charging me $6 more than before, and thanks to this revenue cap formula, they are also getting an additional $8 of my money from the railways. That adds up to an extra $14 of income. The grain companies are then offering me some of my own money back in the form of a $10 trucking incentive so I can pay $12 to a commercial trucker to haul my grain to a concrete. Grain companies win, railways win and I lose. It’s just as I have always suspected: these trucking incentives are too good to be true.Dan Dutchak

Rama, Sask.

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